ETSU Secures A-Sun Championship Title in Meet's Final Event

Saturday, April 21, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - ETSU edged out second-place Kennesaw State to claim the most tightly-contested Atlantic Sun Men’s Track and Field Championship in conference history on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.

ETSU scored 223 points over the two-day competition, narrowly defeating second-place Kennesaw State by 2.5 points. It was the slimmest margin of victory in the 17-year history of the conference championship meet.

Senior Perrish Goggins of USC Upstate grabbed gold in the high jump, notching a mark of 2.01m (6-7) to edge out freshman Andre Dorsey of Kennesaw State, who logged the same height in more jumps. Dorsey was named the Championship Most Outstanding Performer by totaling the most points at the meet. Freshman Marek Navratil of ETSU took third with a jump of 1.96m (6-5).

In the discus, Kenneth Sugishita of USC Upstate hit a conference-record mark of 52.23m (172-4) in order to win the event. ETSU finished second and third in the event. Sebastian Dietl recorded a distance of 49.99m (164-0), while Cornell Sneed threw 49.37m (162-0).

Junior Jason Johnson of ETSU saved his best jump for last in the triple jump, recording a conference-winning mark of 15.09m (49-6.25). Kennesaw State senior Tyler Riberdy was second with a jump of 14.73m (48-4.00) and freshman Andre Dorsey of Kennesaw State placed third with a mark of 14.35m (47-1.00).

KSU's Dorsey won the javelin with a 56.07m (183-11) throw. Sophomore David Shepherd of UNF threw 52.72m (172-11) in his final throw of the day for a second-place finish. ETSU senior Sam Liska was third with a mark of 51.38m (168-7).

In the day’s first running event, ETSU recorded a conference-record 40.41 to edge out Kennesaw State in the 4x100m relay. The Bucs’ time broke the previous Atlantic Sun record of 40.45 set by Jacksonville in 2001. Kennesaw State finished second with a time of 40.45, while Lipscomb was third with a time of 41.01.

Sophomore Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson of Belmont ran a racing-winning time of 3:52.51 in the 1500m. ETSU freshman Filip Jalovy finished second with a time of 3:53.47. UNF junior James Post was third, running 3:53.69.

Kennesaw State senior Kendall Parks recorded a conference-winning time of 14.02 in the 110m hurdles. Freshman Matt Deery of Lipscomb finished with a time of 14.97 and was second. USC Upstate junior Brandon Curry placed third with a time of 15.00.

ETSU junior Tim O’Dell broke his own facility record in the 400m, clocking a conference-winning time of 47.27. Freshman Colin Dempster of Lipscomb ran 47.63 and placed second. Sophomore Matt Johnson of USC Upstate placed third with a time of 47.96.

In the 100m, junior Ifrish Alberg of ETSU won with a time of 10.46. Freshman Reggie Lewis of Kennesaw State was second with a time of 10.48. Lipscomb sophomore Tucker Peabody ran 10.54 and was third.

Sophomore Zach Gray of Belmont held off senior Kendall Parks of Kennesaw State to win the 400m hurdles. Gray clocked 53.24, while Parks ran 53.25. Freshman Andrew Wolf of Lipscomb finished third with a time of 54.73.

Junior Cameron Thomas of USC Upstate edged out Belmont sophomore Marcus Bridger-Wilkerson to win the 800m. Thomas finished in a time of 1:53.13, while Bridger-Wilkinson clocked 1:53.15. UNF freshman Taylor Sumapang ran 1:53.42 and placed third.

In the 200m, sophomore Tucker Peabody of Lipscomb set a new facility record with a race-winning time of 21.14. Kennesaw State freshman Reggie Lewis placed second with a time of 21.16, while junior Sadio Diallo of Kennesaw State ran 21.57 and was third.

Junior Gilbert Kemboi from USC Upstate posted a race-winning time of 14:59.49 in the 5000m. Junior Nabil Hamid of Kennesaw State ran 15:04.66 in order to place second. Belmont sophomore Matt Miller placed third with a time of 15:08.46.

Lipscomb won the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:13.97. ETSU edged out Kennesaw State for second with a time of 3:14.81. The Owls clocked 3:15.22 to take third.

Lipscomb also claimed third place as a team by a slim margin, scoring 115.5 points to edge out fourth-place USC Upstate, who earned 106 points. North Florida and Belmont rounded out the field with 80 points and 60 points, respectively.

Freshman K’Vonte Scott of ETSU took first in three events of the men’s decathlon, including the 1500m, to take the conference title in the event with a meet-record 6662 points at the Atlantic Sun Conference Track and Field Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday.

Kennesaw State took second and third in the event with senior Brian Graham finishing second with 6541 points and junior Hendrik Thomas recording 5840 points to place third. In addition to the 1500m on Saturday morning, Scott claimed the top spot in both the high jump and long jump during Friday’s portion of the competition.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region:Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.